Art and Design

Implementation: The Art and Design curriculum is purposeful and relevant to the pupils. The knowledge and skills pupils acquire, build on their previous learning, allowing them to transfer key skills, knowledge and concepts to their long-term memories.

Impact: We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in Art and Design. Our pupils fluently apply their skills and knowledge within Art and Design and make connections to their existing knowledge and to other curriculum areas.

At Stanford School, pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding and enjoyment of a variety of media and processes so that they can record, communicate and express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in many different ways. The pupils gain a developing awareness of the wide range of work by artists and designers from different times and cultures including those from their own locality. The pupils are encouraged to respond and evaluate their own and other’s work.

We have visiting artists to the school to enhance the pupil’s knowledge and learning and to provide further inspiration.

Our Intent: For Art and Design at Stanford School we offer the children:

  • The ability to use Tier 3 vocabulary skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
  • Pupils learn to understand and use specific vocabulary called Tier 3 words. (Tier 3 words are subject-specific words that are used within a particular subject. This is the language of scientists, mathematicians, literary critics etc.) For artists, designers and crafts people, Tier 3 words could be words such as, ‘figurative’ or ‘abstract’ etc. Please see our progression of Tier 3 words for more examples.
  • The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
  • The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
  • The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craftmakers and designers.
  • The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
  • The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skillfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • A passion for and a commitment to the subject.

From the Early Years to Year 6 children develop a wide range of art skills and use these to create fantastic work to display.

Year 1 and 2  Collaboration Work: Imagining Sarah Stanford

The children realised that there aren’t any photographs, paintings or drawings of Sarah Stanford.
They tried to imagine what she might have looked like. Together they researched clothing in the 1700s. They looked at paintings and portraits of ladies and produced sketches and finished drawings.

“I think her clothes would have been made from beautiful fabric because she was a rich lady.”
“She would have worn a long dress and a smart hat.”
“Ladies in the 1700s had big skirts and I think she would have worn a big skirt with a bustle at the back.”
“Sarah Stanford would have a kind face because she was a kind lady leaving money to build Stanford School.”
“I think she was an old lady, so I have given her grey hair and wrinkles.”
“I have drawn Sarah Stanford with a fancy hat and lots of decorations on her clothes. I think she might have worn jewels.”
“There aren’t any photos of her because cameras hadn’t been invented then.”
“I gave Sarah a blue dress like the Stanford badge.”

Using Art to express ourselves

This week in year 6, we were being artists 🧑‍🎨 We have started a new project focussing on the concept of self and today we learnt about how art can be used to express ourselves. We analyzed the sculptural works of Nicola Anthony and Yinka Shinibare and then we were set a challenge to plan, create and evaluate a sculptural piece that expresses something about us using limited natural/recycled resources including: newspaper, sticks, leaves, stones, cardboard, wire and wool. The resilience and determination shown through this lesson was superb and the final products are fantastic! 🎨🖌️

Year 1 3D Pictures

In art this term Year 1s are looking at 3D pictures, these are created using paper and card.
Children have learnt to fold, bend, twist, cut and glue paper in order to form different shapes. These are then attached to a base – which acts as the background to their picture.
First we learnt how to create cylinders and attach these to a base.

This week we have created loops, twists, spirals, zig-zags and tables. We love creating these 3-Dimensional pictures. We hope you like them too.

Joining Materials

Pumpkin class have been joining materials in different ways this week in art. We tried to secure our 3D shapes in different ways, and used team work to problem solve. Some of the techniques we used were slotting and tabs.

“I rolled my card to make it three dimensional”

“To make my ‘stairs’ I folded the card forwards and backwards”

Lubaina Himid

Barley class have been studying Lubaina Himid this week, exploring how art is used to convey messages and raise awareness of cultural and social issues. Pupils first worked in pairs to draw a piece of art by Himid- one was the described, the other the interpreter, this was trickier than we thought!!

Exploring Texture and Surface

The Year 2 children have been out on a texture hunt around the school grounds and they have photographed some really interesting textures and patterns. They had great observational skills as they looked closely at every day items and natural objects. Here are a few examples of their
wonderful work.

 Colour Mixing & Artist Study

Year 1s have combined an artist study with their colour mixing skills this week. They have been looking at this piece of art work by Jasper Johns called ‘Numbers in Colour’. They then recalled their mixing of Primary Colours to make Secondary colours and used these to re-create his work of art. Look at our fantastic results:

Prehistoric palette

Today in Art Pumpkin Class explored how natural products produce pigments to make different colours, we used different spices as our pigments.

As well as this, another group used different materials to recreate the rough texture of a cave wall, ready to paint over the surface when it is dry using the pigmented paint. We will be continuing this activity next week so that both groups have had a good at doing both activities!

Year 2 Artists: Colour Magic

The children have been developing their knowledge of colour mixing.
They can name the primary and secondary colours and describe what happens when they mix two secondary colours.

C- It was fun to drip and splash paint. I kept moving my paper around so the colours mixed.
C- Painting like this reminded me of the artist Jackson Pollock. Mrs. Brady showed us a video of him and we found out how he splashed paint on to really big pieces of paper on the floor. I would like to do that.
M- I made lots of different colours. I liked the different shades of purple that I made.
H- It was a bit messy, but I enjoyed watching my paint splatter and run on to the wet paper.

Pumpkin class make Frottage pictures

In Art this week we took rubbings of different textures to make Frottage art work. We them ripped the paper of the rubbings to make a textured flower picture inspired by artist Maud Purdy.

Combining art skills - Avocados

This term, year 4 have been learning about a range of skills to draw and paint still-life. We learned how to tint and shade, as well as particular techniques such as stippling, dabbing, creating a wash, etc. We combined these skills to draw and paint some avocados this week. We were really pleased with the results!


This week, year 4 contributed their work to the metal flowers project. We learned about the work of the artist Barbara Hepworth and looked at her use of shapes, lines and colours. We used this to inspire the abstract art that we painted onto the flowers. We came up with our designs first and then used different tools to paint with, including brushes, cutlery and even gift cards. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and we are proud of our work.


Year 6 pupils learnt about the drawing and painting technique of chiaroscuro in art this week. They applied their understanding of using light and dark to create form and impact to create Maya- inspired word art. Well done Barley class, these are incredible! 🤩

Metal Flowers Project

Today Pumpkin class were the first class to start the metal flowers project with VANEL. Year 3 created designs linking to their class artist Maud Purdy. They then painted these designs onto the metal flowers using key terms such as strokes, light, dark, pattern, layering. We were then joined by year 2 who came to have a look at how we were getting on and looking at the different designs we had created!

"I had lots of fun painting"

"I think they looked really pretty once they were finished"

"I liked mixing different colours to get the colour I wanted"

"I can't wait to see all the flowers when they are up!"

Year 6 are artists 👩‍🎨

Year 6 pupils have been using the Maya belief that everyone has a spirit companion to discover their own as a drawing. Using combined inspiration from the Maya and the style of modern artist Dan Fenelon, pupils developed their symbols to represent themselves, creating a drawn tile of line, pattern and colour. They then used different media to bring their art to life!

Pumpkin Class are artists: Egyptian Scrolls

Today in art we have been using our designs to make Egyptian scrolls on papyrus paper we have previously made. We worked out what information we wanted to convey onto our scrolls using imagery, colours and patterns.

Black History Month

The children Year 2 have been finding out all about the life of American artist, Alma Thomas. They were very shocked to learn that during her life she had been treated very unfairly because of the colour of her skin. The children learnt the meanings of the words; ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination'. The children enjoyed exploring her art work and found her colourful pictures inspiring, and so they decided to create some of their own.

Year 6 - Mayan Art

The children have been learning about Mayan Art. They learnt about Diego Rivera who likes to create murals on buildings in Mexico. They were then given examples of Mayan Art for them to use to create a mood board in their sketch books.

Creating Faces

We used natural material to create our faces.

Drawing: Exploring Mark Making Techniques

For their Hook Day, the Year 2 children enjoyed dressing up as artists and getting really creative! They learnt different ways to make marks, using a range of materials. They created patterned surfaces to explore texture and add detail to their drawings.

W- I had never used charcoal before. I found out that it is burnt wood from a willow tree.

K- If you press on with charcoal, you get a darker colour. If you use it sideways and add some white chalk, it makes a softer grey colour.

S- We learnt how to do cross hatching.

L- I made lots of different marks with my pencil crayons. I loved squiggling and stippling.

E- I loved being an artist and I think I enjoyed painting outside the best!

C- I painted like Jackson Pollock. I loved splattering the paint! M- We did observational drawing. Some people drew toy frogs and some people drew teddies. When I drew Mrs. Brady’s teddy, I made marks like fur to show the texture.

M- I enjoyed some stories about artists. I liked ‘Paddington the Artist.’

J- It was good to visit an art gallery (virtually).


Year 5 have enjoyed getting back into their learning this term! We have started looking at portraits in Art, using and mastering some different techniques. Today, we tried drawing ourselves using the continuous line method- we had to try our best to not take our pencil off the paper! We can't wait to develop these over the coming weeks!

We are illustrators!

The Year 2 children have really enjoyed their visits to Laceby Library this term.

Mrs. Wink has inspired everyone to enjoy reading a wide range of books.

Mrs. Wink asked the children for lots of ideas for an adventure story that she wanted to write for them. The children thought of lots of weird and wonderful ideas, such as a castle with a forest and beach, animals and monsters enjoying a sports day with Pokemon spectators and unusual food being eaten like ladybird sandwiches. The children came up with  lots and lots of ideas.

Today, Mrs. Wink wowed them with her amazing story. She had included all of their ideas! The children loved listening to her read it and then were inspired to draw illustrations for her story. They decided on the title of the story: ‘The Wonderful Outside: The Best Summer Holiday Ever!’

Thank you so much Mrs. Wink. We have really enjoyed working with your this term!

Art at Humber Bridge Country Park

The Year 2 children enjoyed creating art work at The Humber Bridge Country Park. They had lots of fun creating natural sculptures with clay and sketching observational pictures of The Humber Bridge.

E- The first activity we did at the Country Park was Art. We made forest faces out of clay, sticks, stones, grass, berries, feathers- well anything we could find really. We stuck them to the tree trunks and then we all had a look at each other’s. They were all different and we thought we would leave them in the park for other people to enjoy.

H- We did some more Art. We did observational sketches of The Humber Bridge. I loved it, as it was so relaxing. We used binoculars and telescopes to try and see more detail.

Outdoor Art

Today in Year 1 we went outside to create some outdoor Art. We used things we could find on the ground like leaves and twigs. We didn't pull anything up to use as this would have been harmful to the enviroment. We also used chalk to enhance our pictures.

"I have made a reindeer!"

"It's a cat!"

"I've written my name in sticks"


Today in Year 6 we have been exploring assemblage.

We have linked this with our time at Stanford, to create an abstract sculpture about our memories at primary school. We began by sketching images and shapes to best represent our favourite memories and began assembling a 2D, abstract structure.

We can't wait to finish these and move onto the 3D version in the coming weeks!

Considering composition and proportion when planning a still life

In art today we learnt about what composition means. Together we created a still life composition based on Victorian schools. Then in pairs we created our own 2023 school life composition. We photographed our finished design and then made a pencil sketch

Sculpture and 3D

Pumpkin Class have been exploring the way clay can be shaped and joined and have developed a range of skills. They have been learning about the sculpture of Rachel Whiteread and this week they created their own clay house tile in response to her work.

Installation in a box

Juniper Class had an excellent time in Art yesterday, we looked at a variety of full room installations and used this inspiration to create our own 'installation in a box'. We used a variety of materials to create our own explosions of work- we really enjoyed this task!

  1. I loved working in a group of different people and sharing ideas to create our space themed box
  2. This was so much fun; it was difficult sometimes to get different ideas across but in the end we worked as a team well!
  3. I really liked creating our box project, even if it was a bit messy at times but I'm proud of what we created!

Year 3 - Romans on the Rampage

Once again you have outdone yourselves with the costumes the children were wearing. They looked amazing.

The children had lots of fun taking part in Roman based activities. They used their creative skills to make laurel wreaths which the Romans are famous for wearing. The children also learnt about mosaics which the Romans loved. They were really engrossed in creating their mosaics of Roman ladies, citizens and soldiers. For a bit of fun the children learnt how to play Rota which is a Roman strategy game similar to ‘noughts and crosses’, then it was back to the grindstone for a bit of drill practise to prepare them for going into battle. This has been a very busy week for the children but they loved it!

We are being artists!

Pumpkin Class researched the French artist Henri Rousseau. They looked at books, posters of his work and listened to stories about his life. They were inspired by his jungle and animal paintings and wanted to experiment with his style in their own work.

H- We found out that Henri Rousseau had never visited a jungle. He had seen some wild animals in the zoo. He liked visiting the botanical gardens to make drawings of exotic plants.

J- We used our sketch books first to work out some ideas for our paintings.

R- It was fun to paint a wild animal and then hide it in the jungle.

A- I created lots of layers of paint to make my jungle really interesting.

S- I have enjoyed looking at Henri Rousseau's paintings. I think his paintings were really good. I think that they sort of tell a story.

MAYA inspired masks

In Art we used our research of Masks from Ancient Maya as inspiration for our own mask creations.

Year 3 - "Oh we do like to be beside the sea side!"

We had a great day on our fieldtrip to 'sunny' Cleethorpes. Nothing was going to stop our fun....rain, drizzle...we didn't care!

We looked at the differences between the human and physical aspects of Cleethorpes. The changing coastlines with the sand dunes and the vegetation which keeps the sand in place compared with the built sea defences. The children loved exploring the marsh land for creatures, shells and pebbles, trying to guess which types of rocks they were. We explored the sand dunes then we went to the bandstand to shelter from the elements and sketch some local wildlife. The sun finally came out for us so we had a brisk walk to get chips & ice cream! Yum! As the children had been so great we had a little free time on the beach then another walk back to the bus! We were all shattered but everyone loved the adventure we had!

Seascape Art

Juniper class had a lot of fun in art trying out using different mediums on one piece of art, we were inspired by a range of seascape artists and set out creating our own piece of seascape art! We used coloured crayon, water colour and oil pastels to create our pictures, lots of patience and concentration was needed to ensure we created a beautiful piece of art.

Year 1 have been artists!

Today we used our trip to The Deep to inspire us to do some printing of animals we saw. We used pears, forks, string, and feathers to create our prints.

Year 3 - Being artists

In our art lessons the children learned how to shade their drawings. It was quite tricky as they had to hold their pencils differently then use their fingers to blend the shading together.

Year 3 - Observational Art

We are currently looking at artwork based on plants. Some artists used their observational skills to capture the intricate details of the plants they were painting. We tried to develop our observational skills. First we did a quick sketch of leaves and then we looked at them closely to draw the finer details.

Creating Penguin Art

Pumpkin Class enjoyed creating pictures of different kinds of penguins on their laptops, using the 2paint program on Purple Mash.

A- I love drawing pictures and trying out the different colours and different sized pens.
G- I looked at pictures of real penguins first, so I could get the shape and colours right.
J- I like drawing pictures on Purple Mash because I can save them and work on them later.  
Sometimes I do some more drawing at home.
L- I like penguins. I like to draw them.

Year 3 - Prehistoric Art

Here are the finished sunsets & cave paintings. We hope you like them!

Year 3 Hook Day - Art

In the morning we had 4 activities.

Activity 1 - Making cave art with handprints. We used chalk to draw around them then we smudged the chalk outlines.

Activtiy 2 - Sunsets. We changed the tone of colours by adding white to make it lighter and creating a sunset effect. When they are dry we will create a silhouette of Stone Henge to make them look even more beautiful.

Activity 3 - Cave walls. The children used the end of their brushes to create a blended effect for cave walls, This is called stippling.

Activity 4 - Research & sketching. The children researched prehistoric creatures and sketched them in their sketch books. We will use charcoal to draw them on out 'cave walls' once they are dry.

Year 3 - Christmas Cards, Design & Technology & Music

Our Project this term was to create moving pictures. We decided to link this to Christmas and make a card with flaps which hides hidden treasures and pop up figures inside. To link it further across the curriculum we incorporated QR codes so parents, carers and loved ones could hear the children sing Christmas carols from our concert. I am sure these are cards that parents will want to treasure for a long time!

Year 3 - being a designer

The children have learnt about the jewellery that Egyptians wore. Using this information they designed their own necklaces and created them. Aren't they great?

Black History Month

The children in Pumpkin Class have been finding out all about the life of American artist Alma Thomas. They discovered that during her life she had been treated very unfairly because of the colour of her skin. The children enjoyed exploring her art work and found her colourful pictures inspiring and so they decided to create some of their own.

Exploring the Art work of Claude Monet

This half term we have explored some of the artwork Claude Monet created in his Garden. We used paint to explore the use of colour and different brush techniques to create our own Lily pad pond paintings in an impressionist style.